SYRACUSE Fayetteville-Manlius wrestler Pat Quinlan did not have to possess a long memory to carry plenty of motivation into Saturday’s Section III Division I championships at SRC Arena.
All Quinlan had to do was look back one week, to a stunning 10-9 defeat to CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt’s Matt Lauro, in the Class AA 132-pound final.
It was Quinlan’s second loss of the season after a 36-1 start, and knowing that a rematch was possible in the sectional meet, Quinlan was burning for payback.
As it worked out, Quinlan and Lauro did meet again, this after Quinlan took out Anthony Inman (Whitesboro) 8-0 and pinned Austin Coleman (Oswego) in 1:59, while Lauro pinned teammate Dustin Harris in 3:09 and got away from West Genesee’s Adae Badwan 13-4 in the semifinals.
But this night would belong to F-M’s all-time leader in wins, as Quinlan used a series of deft takedowns to pull away and beat Lauro, 11-4, clinching an automatic berth in the Feb. 28-March 1 state meet at Albany’s Times Union Center.
Of course, Quinlan was not the Hornets’ only champion of the night. Tristan Broddus, the top seed at 145 pounds, came through with a title.
Broddus, 33-7 on the season, beating CBA/J-D’s Lucas Rowe 10-0 and stopping Fulton’s Collin Flynn 8-4 before a tough final with Central Square’s Blake Engebretsen, which was in doubt until a last-second takedown clinched a 6-2 decision and sectional title.
By contrast, CBA/J-D’s Ben Honis had no equal at 195 pounds. He took just 13 seconds to pin Alex Bowen (Baldwinsville) and 1:53 to pin Mark Williamson (Liverpool) in the semifinals before a title bout with F-M’s Chris Bortel, who had pinned Oswego’s Austin Piazza in his semifinal midway through the third period.
Wasting little time, Honis used a spectacular move at the end of the first period to pin Bortel in 1:57, improving his mark to 30-1 as Bortel fell to 20-12.